Deaf Festival Queensland 2023

9 & 10 September 2023


Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

Deaf Festival


The Deaf Festival is a celebration of the Deaf community’s language, culture, heritage and achievements. The festival is an excellent opportunity for young deaf people to look up to deaf role models. It has been held bi-annually and showcases deaf people’s skills, businesses, crafts and arts as well as performing arts. There are a variety of booths displaying a mixture of deaf recreation clubs and groups, organisations for the deaf, individual deaf businesses and service providers. Activities and mini workshops are given at the Deaf Festival such as Auslan classes and children’s activities.

Our 2023 Festival Sponsors

Disclaimer: DCCQ is not obliged to accept sponsorships.


  • Logo on program sent out at deaf festival.
  • Mentioned on DF website.
  • Logo on our DF social media promotions.
  • Social media promo post about your business.
  • ·Business name printed on Deaf festival t-shirt merchandises


  • Logo on program sent out at deaf festival.
  • Mentioned on DF website.
  • Logo on our DF social media promotions.
  • A thank you video on social media

 $100 – $500 

  • Logo on program sent out at deaf festival.
  • Mentioned on DF website
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What's On


There will be entertainment for everyone like stage performances, signing choirs, children face painting, children activities and rides. Entertainers such as buskers, fairies, circus performers, magicians, stilt walkers, balloonists and clowns are welcome to attend this festival. It is ideal that they can use Auslan. If not, there will be interpreters available to assist with communication. Please contact us if you are interested in doing voluntary performance, signing choirs, dances, busking or dress up entertainers at the festival.


Organisations, deaf owned businesses, service providers, individuals and groups are able to showcase and display their products, services and skills/talents as well as sharing information. Deaf Festival attendees will have opportunities to form network and to purchase products.  They will support Deaf owned businesses by purchasing their products and services directly therefore support the Deaf Ecosystem.


Deaf Festival will have several workshops for children and adults. We are seeking Auslan signing people to host workshops. It could be art workshop, craft workshop for children and/or adults. Organisation and business are welcome to present workshop about their services and products. The workshops are free and materials will be provided by presenters/organisation. Workshop time slots could vary between 15 and 20 minutes. Please fill in the EOI form for the workshop if you are interested in hosting a workshop at Deaf festival.

Arts and Crafts Competition

The Deaf Festival is an opportunity to break down barriers and challenges people’s perceptions of the various abilities of deaf and hard of hearing adults and children. Many deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people will unite to celebrate the creative abilities of deaf adults and children.

This year, we are encouraging all deaf and hard of hearing Queenslanders to submit artwork and handicraft for our Deaf Festival Art and Craft Competition 2023. You are encouraged to let your creativity run wild. Artwork can be in the form of a painting, drawing, photograph, collage, charcoal art or computer designed original art. While crafts can come in form of mosaics, macrame, sculptures, woodcraft, textile craft etc.

This year our theme is related to A World Where Deaf People Can Sign Anywhere. All artworks must show your thoughts on this theme.

Deaf Pub

The Deaf Pub at Deaf Festival is open to people over 18 years old, It will be held on Saturday 3pm – 9pm. Come along and socialise with members of the Deaf community. The bar is a safe space where all adults are welcome. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be on sale too.  We hope to see you there.

Deaf Café / Deaf Cultural Night

We will have a unique and awesome Deaf Cultural Night where everyone is welcome to attend. Come along and socialise with members of the Deaf community. This is a safe space where everyone is welcome. We will spend the night together to celebrate our wonderful and rich culture through Auslan. There will be talented members of Deaf Community telling stories in Auslan and give performances. We encourage deaf people to enter Auslan Storytelling competition. Start thinking of the story you would like to tell, practice telling it and you might be lucky to win the Auslan Storytelling Competition. We will have deaf judges to select best Deaf Auslan storytellers. There will be games where everyone can join in. Deaf Café will be open to those who attends the Deaf Cultural Night.

Children Rides

Information will be released soon. 


Deaf Festival and DCCQ t-shirts are available for purchases. Orders before 15th July can be collected at Deaf Festival, orders after the date can be posted with postage fee. The shirts will be available to order at Deaf festival too. 

We sell infant, kids, youth, women and men sizes, the cost ranges from $20-$45. Contact us on if you are interested in buying.

Designs: DF logo can be on front OR back of the shirts. 

Shirt colour: black, white, blue or pink

Logo colour: purple, black or white

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